This week on From the Vault we join the centennial celebration of Stanley Kramer, legendary Hollywood film producer and director. Kramer’s 35 films, which were responsible for 16 Academy Awards through 85 Oscar nominations, include acclaimed classics such as Death of a Salesman (1952), The Wild One(1954), The Defiant Ones (1958), Ship of Fools(1965), and Bless the Beasts and Children (1971). In this episode, we’ll share with you a 1968 interview with Kramer in San Francisco for the opening of perhaps one of his best-known films,Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), a comedic drama that tackles the emotions of interracial marriage, which was still illegal in 17 states when the movie premiered. Then, we’ll speak with Karen Sharpe Kramer (Stanley Kramer’s widow) and daughter Katharine ‘Kat’ Kramer about their lives in the family of the visionary filmmaker, and how they are continuing his legacy.
UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present Champion: The Stanley Kramer Centennial, a series celebrating influential producer-director Stanley Kramer through fifteen landmark films screening August 9, 2013 – September 29, 2013 at the Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles.
Special thanks to Karen Sharpe Kramer and Kat Kramer, co-producer of the film series Films That Change the World.